Sea Fishing Video page updated Free To Download

Two more fishing video’s added to my movie downloads page. See my Ultimate Eels in action and all the options to alter size and make quick repairs on the boats. All four colours fishing really well for the Cod and Pollock on the wrecks off Weymouth Dorset.

Compilation Plaice fishing video showing the best of catches from the 2013 season on the Plaice grounds of Portland Dorset. Quality fish being taken and the variety of rigs used plus baits to catch them.


Cod, Pollock and Plaice on board the Tiger Lily Weymouth.

Another very productive trip and I even managed to fish and film supported by skipper Chris Caines. Tested new lures too and enjoyed a good catch of Cod and Pollock with many kilo’s of filleted fish for the freezer.

Play this video and you will see how well the day worked and the great weather out in the English channel. End of day finished off with hitting on some good plaice, I didn’t fish as I wanted to get some good footage of plaice rigs and baits in action which you will see towards the end of the movie.

Fishing the Rips out of Poole Dorset The Movie

Well here it is I have edited in a picture of my 19lb Pollock obviously I can’t catch specimen fish and film so a couple of images were taken of it and the weigh in with some doody mini electronic scales from Fishzone. So not only did we test lures we caught fish that tested the scales too.

Enjoy the movie the weather was kind but overcast so looks dull day but it certainly wasn’t dull on the boat with a very jovial crew so some good banter along with the fishing. Play the movie at full screen 1080p quality sit back and enjoy as we did.

Pollock personal best 19lb fish taken testing new lures

The Rocket does it again under the experience of the skipper owner Trevor Small who mailed me with a short notice invitation to spend a day on the Rocket filming a drift fishing session on the Rips south of Poole Dorset. As always I can’t resist a days filming and combined this with taking the opportunity to test out some new lures myself and with the crew.

I also took a 20lb class Mako 8ft boat rod to see if I could christen that as well and boy did I. Early start from Poole 7-00am and fishing with a good crew of guys some I have fished with before so had time to catch up with them as we steamed to a rough ground mark on The Rips.

Taking some establishing shots on the HD camera to kick off the movie as we were underway and despite near a two hour passage to the mark it just raced past and we all dropped down for the first drift. Caught the reef on the first drift but it pulled out, I changed the lure to a 4″ twin tail little fishy jig head rhubarb and custard ready for the next drift.

One of the guys Sean was into a nice cod so grabbed the camera and captured that into the net and some posing to camera. Second drift set up I hooked into a small pollock and Sean had another fish so out came the camera again. Third drift it happened and my rod arked over and at first I thought I had the reef again only a reef doesn’t nod it’s head like this was doing so I new I was into a good fish.

Taking my time I let the fish have line when it wanted to dive and when we had colour it became obvious it was a good sized Pollock. Once it was on board a couple of photo’s taken and we tried out some new Fishzone electronic scales and it tipped them at around 19lbs a personal best for me as previous around 12lb was best I have had. The weighing is on video to confirm this post BTW !!

Combined with getting in some fishing between filming (Sean) and the other guys we had some good Cod and Pollock coming on board so the mark was very productive for us all. I took some more pollock and a few nice Cod and changed the lures to test them out like our new jighead shads, all colours caught fish Cod and Pollock. Red tail worms with our jighead, fat tail jighead worms and the little fishy shad all proved not only do they look the buisness they also do the business and it’s on video too.

So a really useful and rewarding day on the Rocket and the ever jovial skipper Trevor Small on full form and we even had a Bar-B-Q cooking up some well tasty sausage dog rolls and the weather was pretty good too with low winds and the sun came out a few times too enough to leave me with a red face !

The movie will be live very soon to show just how good the day was and here are some images of the Pollock, a Cod for Sean plus some shots of the lures producing good fish and no there was Deffo no posing by hanging the lures from the fish’s mouth they caught and the video will confirm that too !!

Here are some images taken on the day, if I knew I would be starring in them I would have had a shave, but then again it was short notice film/fishing trip

Contacts to book The Rocket, Trevor Small:
01202 887101, mobile 07802 231196, email
The Rocket 1st Movie On The Winter Cod Here

Wrecking in the English channel

Well have I been a busy boy just no time to update my blog on the regular basis as normal but wait until you see what’s coming as the camera has been rolling and lots of interesting fishing trips and tackle video’s going live.

Take this trip what a magnificent day this was and the crew were just magic with lots of action and good banter, don’t you just love a joker that can take the piss !! well we had all of that and more on the boat that day plus some great fish too.

There were lads from London who had travelled down the night before so they could have a few beers and carry that on during the day, mind you they needed some Dutch Courage to even get on the boat with the bag they had carried their beers in !

I had fished with them last year and we were into the cod me and Andy my son and they didn’t catch anything but that changed on this trip and everyone went home with some quality sized Pollock.

Add in the weather was superb loads of sunshine, light winds and it was still only early in the year in March so this video will show you what we all enjoyed.

Red Gills rule the waves again

Well what can I say on what was virtually a text book days wreck fishing and a big kick in the ass for the last No Score trip. Weather firstly was dreadful and nothing like forecast, we had cold winds in out faces, bumpy large sea swells and mist virtually all day. With the seas being so lumpy it took longer to get to the wreck that Paul on the Katie Ann out of Weymouth had decided would produce a good volume of fish.

His boat has 4 large Ice boxes and it was agreed that once they were filled we would leave the wreck and move to the banks for a hit of Turbot or plaice. Problem with Pollock and many deepwater fish they do not survive once landed so they can’t be returned live. Most skippers and anglers insist that a catch enough rule is applied and then move on or come home and despite I have all my family and some friends who love fresh fish from me there is a cut off point.

So we arrived on the wreck and the first drift was setup, there were fresh live sandeels on the boat and I setup a 10″ plastic sea boom with a 10oz weight and a 5/0 fine wire aberdeen hook on a 10ft trace. There were 9 fishing and with wind against tide the traces would probably have to be shortened to reduce tangles as the boat spun round like a top on some drifts.

1st drift produced a few average pollock all I had were snatches that took the eel off. 2nd drift I hit on a small pollock about 5lb and as most of the larger pollock coming on board were being taken on artificials, I had a better fish of around 7lb on live eels but I changed to 178mm Red Gill original with a 6/0 hook on a short 6ft trace for the third drift.

Bang ! just coming of the back of the wreck I felt two snatches and then the rod my new Akita 20lb class 7ft just bent over as the fish dived for the wreck. I also had a new Spyder LW20 with 44lb braid on and the click stop star drag worked superb giving the fish line when it decided to dive.

I pumped it up from 200ft and new it felt decent and it was, a top end single figure fish was soon on the deck, see the image with the black and orange Red Gill well hooked in the scissors. This is how it continued until we decided we all had enough fish and it was time to move on. Over fishing a wreck depletes stocks that take a long time to grow again so this has to be taken into account.

What was also good about this wrecking session for me anyways I lost NO GEAR !! I used the same articial throught the drifts and apart from one snag which broke the sea boom that was all it cost me, does it get much better than that.

Skipper asked why I strike at the fish well that is what it looked like but in fact what I do when I wreck is hit bottom or the wreck and then immediately pull up to clear the wreck and then start the wind up but it does look like I’m striking into the fish which is obviously a No No !. Using this method reduces my snags on the wreck to a minimum and it works well.

So with the ice boxes full we set off back to fish the shambles bank and see if the Turbot wanted some. I set up a sliding ledger rig with a 6oz clock weight and a single 6/0 wire hook baited with the side of a large Launce. First drift nothing, second drift had a couple of nibbles and I gave it line to see if it developed into a Turbot but as I thought nothing.

On Turbot drifting I always hold the rod as bites can be easily missed if you don’t, the drift finished and I wound back and low and behold a small Plaice on the end. Too skinny to keep it went back to fatten up for my next session which is planned for the 25th March and we will fish the banks all day so looking forward to that one as usual.

Tiger Lily The Movie Weymouth offers anglers the best

Well here it is and it just doesn’t get much better than this, it also confirms why so many anglers enjoy the all year round fishing that this south coast port offers, myself included.

Enjoy the first part of the Tiger Lily movie as it’s planned to upgrade this during the year to show the species and seasons out of Weymouth and on their vast amount of wrecks that are dotted around the area.

Details on how to charter Tiger Lily are on the movie and Chris will always do his best to cater for individuals too both beginners and experienced anglers.

Pollock’s and Plaice at Weymouth

Yes more on the Pollock’s topic and what a day I had yesterday down on the Weymouth wrecks and then back to the famous Shambles banks.

I was down to Weymouth to shoot video with the well known and probably one of the most rated UK skippers Chris Caines and the equally well rated Tiger Lily cat. I have known Chris for many years and have fished with him over a quarter of a century ago, now that is dateist isn’t it ! Chris is still as committed now as he has always been and his boat Tiger Lily shows just that committment too.

So here is how the day went, I arrived early to get some dawn breaking shots and be organised ready for the skipper and crew to arrive. The boat is awesome in its stature and it’s setup for the charter boat fisherman. I won’t go into reams of details here as the video when it goes live will do all that and you can see how the day went too plus some archive footage from Chris and images from his gallery’s.

Chris arrived early with his crewman to prepare the boat ready to go fishing and it was immaculate anyways as it’s cleaned after each trip out so as an angler I know how good it is to arrive to a sparkling spanking clean boat ready to go fishing. The crew of five arrived and it was a special occasion for one member as it was his birthday so he had to do well to celebrate it.

After discussions it was decided to split the day into wrecking for Pollock as they’re showing in good numbers and then move to the Shambles banks drifting for Plaice and perhaps a Turbot or two. Weather forecast was just as fantastic and with sun forecast with little to no wind what more could you ask for.

I was rolling on the camera as we got underway and the guy’s were kitting up ready to hit the fish. Tiger Lily is a fast stable boat and the first wreck was approx 90 minutes away so chance to catch my thoughts on how best to capture the day, Chris in action and the crew fishing and hopefully coming up with the goods and true to form Weymouth the Angling Mecca of the south coast didn’t fail to perform.

Using all the onboard electronics Tiger Lily was accurately placed forward of the wreck and lines went over the side in approx 200ft of crystal clear water. Lures were various with shads, eddystones and sidewinders the favourites. First couple of drifts to get the feel of the wreck and then then the fish started to show.

Pollock usually snatch and then hit the lures and as I watched ready to capture the action you could see just how they where feeding and as the anglers were all experienced the landing net was seeing some good fish being brought aboard.

A move to a second wreck produced some slightly larger Pollock and the usual pesky Pouting but it added to the species list so they were accepted. Chris likes to fish within the bounds of good husbandry and not take more fish than the crew are likely to consume so with each angler having fish to take home it was time to steam back to the Shambles bank and see if the Plaice or Turbot want to play on what was now virtually a hot summers day “In February 2012″

With the guy’s rigged ready with plaice kits that looked like a lady would wear round their knecks in multi coloured beads and bangles which can only be described as “Bling Rigs” the first drift got under way and we had a flat calm oily sea. First drift a good eatable size plaice came aboard and this looked promising. More drifts and more Plaice plus a couple of doggies too, well day wouldn’t be the same without a Woofer or two would it.

The final drift produced two good Plaice to the two anglers next to each other and the two fish landed in one net so it was just pure text-book stuff and I have it all on video WOW! I just wish I was fishing alongside these guy’s as it was a day to remember and reflect back on when I upgrade the video’s in time to come.

So the day has passed and time to head back to Weymouth and every one agreed they couldn’t have asked for anything better than what Chris and Tiger Lily plus fishing off Weymouth could have provided, there were some pies on the boat from a local bakers and if we had candles then the birthday boy would have had a really good party day just needed silly hats too ! but most had those on anyways.

What also impressed me was the energy of the reserve Crewman for the day as the usual guy had injured his hand but the stand-in of which at this time I can’t recall his name but will amend this later when I find it again as he was first class. He was supportive in all ways, prepared and gutted the fish, expertly filleting the catch and finally scrubbing the boat from top stem to stern ready for the next angling party to enjoy, oh and made the tea and coffee too.

So as you can see the day was pure pleasure, you will see the video very soon and enjoy what we all did out with Chris Caines on the Tiger Lily Cat.

Pollocks to boat fishing

I had the most frustrating day out boat fishing yesterday on the Weymouth wrecks for large Pollock ! The weather was like a mid summers day and at one stage we where down from flotation suits to T shirts it was that warm, seas were near flat calm and the crew some I had fished with before were a great bunch of dedicated anglers.

So what was so frustrating you may ask, first I had two new Fishzone rods to test out and the Fishzone LW20 super fast multiplier so there straight off is using two new rods and reels too is an Omen. Ok so how does that cause frustration, in my years of experience and adding new rods and reels to my kit have I yet to christen a rod and reel on the first trip out and yesterday it was par for the course, No Fish !! Pollocks.

I had the Akita Japanese style 20lb class rod with the Spyder LW20 reel and 45lb braid as my primary rig. Using a 12″ plastic sea boom for fast drop with minimum tangles I put on a Red Gill original red and orange 175mm size on a long trace 2.5m approx and away I went.

We had ten anglers on the Katie Ann which is ok as it’s a good size cat 10m and loads of space with 4 along the back and three each side. So here is how it fished all day on every drift when the fish wanted to play, taking it in a clockwise direction looking towards the stern of the boat.

Angler 1 a novice and using the on board kit, 1 pollock and plenty of pouting, Angler 2, 2 decent Pollock and pouting, Angler 3, 6 good pollock plus pouting, Angler 4, 15 good Pollock, Angler 5, 25 good Pollock, Angler 6 10 good Pollock plus some pouting, Angler 7 8 good Pollock

Now we come to our side !!! Angler 8, 2 good pollock, Angler 9 O catch, Angler 10 ZILCH, NADA, NONE, ME !!! this has to be the worst boat trip I have ever had to not catch anything all day. What is even more frustrating I didn’t miss 1 drift due to my quick rigs of ready to fish out of the bag tackle, so even when I changed lures or caught the wreck I was still ready to drop when the skipper gave the order.

I tried everything to hit the fish and I did have plenty of snatches which in my own mind I would put down to pouting grabbing the Red Gill tails and letting go as Pollock usually don’t mess about with takes they can be quite vicious at times. Even the lures that the top catching anglers were using I had on the rig and still no fish for me.

Technique I used was to drop to the seabed and wind up 20/25 turns on a slow retrieve, similar in dropping onto the wreck same method. On a take I slowed the retrieve to try and induce a second attack. Past experiences with Pollock fishing what methods and tackle I used worked fine and returned good catch rates, but not yesterday.

Moral is don’t test new rods all day, take the old faithfulls to catch for the freezer and test the new kit after that. Other than not ctaching fish the two rods and reels worked well, the other rod is not even in the store yet and it’s the Mako sport 8ft boat rod which will be up soon with images and video and for less than thirty quid you can’t go far wrong with them.

The reels were terrific as I expected so the matched pair of LW20 and the LW12 are in my kit already,  just need to catch the FISH don’t I to confirm this kit as A1 go and buy them boys, must have kit, perhaps next time eh.